... the rest is smoke. Helen Sear. Ffotogallery, Cardiff, 2015 Brisees. Photographs by Helen Sear. GOST Books, 2013 Inside the View. Helen Sear. Ffotogallery, Cardiff, 2012 Tale. Helen Sear. g39, Cardiff, 2009 Spot. Helen Sear. Yard Gallery, Hollywood, 2003 Twice. Helen Sear. Zelda Cheatle Press, London, 2002
Helen Sear (b.1955) studied Fine Art at Reading University and the Slade School, University College London. Her work came to prominence in the 1991 British Council exhibition 'De-Composition: Constructed Photography in Britain', which toured extensively throughout Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Her work explores the materiality of vision, often combining hand drawn or erased elements with photography to disrupt the conventional fixed-point perspective associated with the medium. She also works with moving image and mixed media installations.
Her work was included in the exhibition 'About Face' at the Hayward Gallery London in summer 2004 and 'La Mirada Reflexiva' at the Espai D’Art Contemporani in Castellon Spain in 2005. The 90-page monograph 'Twice' was published by Zelda Cheatle Press in 2002, and 'Grounded' first exhibited at Zinc Gallery Stockholm, became a touring exhibition curated by Impressions Gallery, York between 2003 and 2005.
Other solo exhibitions include 'Inside The View', shown at Gallery Harmonia in Finland in 2006, G39 Cardiff who also published the bookwork 'Tale' in 2009, 'Beyond The View', Hoopers Gallery London, and Klompching New York in 2010. Ffotogallery Wales published her first major monograph in 2012 'Inside The View'. GOST published the bookwork 'Brisées' in 2013 which accompanied the major national tour Lure in the same year.
Sear was the first woman to represent Wales with a solo exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.
She is represented by Klompching in New York, Martin Asbaek Gallery in Copenhagen, and Galerie Pennings in the Netherlands.
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